Up and Down Weekend For YouthRichie Kyle was disappointed to see his Blackpool Youth side lose out to Preston North End on Saturday, but admitted his pride at seeing youngsters Mark Waddington and Dom Telford travel with the first-team to Rotherham United.
Without the star duo, the young Seasiders crashed to a 2-0 defeat away to their local rivals, but Kyle said it was still a proud day to see two of his players make the step up.
“I’m really delighted that Mark and Dom have been given the opportunity to travel with the main squad,” he said. “That’s my job, getting young players into the first-team and I’ve got enough good players to deal with that.
“It’s a double-edged sword for me because I’ve got two different emotions, we were depleted but it’s great for them two. I’ve just set the challenge to the lads, who is going to be the next Mark and Dom? Because that’s my main aim, we need to keep pushing them on and I know there’s enough quality in there to maybe get another few in there before the end of the season.
Kyle felt the absence of his key duo made the team’s task all the harder, but despite the defeat, he felt there were positives to find.
“I was pleased with the effort and the attitude and the way they applied themselves,” he said. “We knew it was going to be tough losing Mark and Dom. We had to rely on other players today and I thought we had chances to score early in the first-half, we had a chance where I thought we should have scored to make it 1-0. Second-half we had some chances so on the balance of things we are a bit disappointed to lose the game because I thought we should have took something from it."
Blackpool had the better of the opening exchanges, Henry Cameron and Elliot Pond both going close but the home side took the lead against the run of play just before half-time, a moment which Kyle felt affected his players.
“It did deflate us a bit because I thought we were on top and I thought we had a chance. If we go in 0-0, in the second-half we probably could have had the upper hand. It does knock the stuffing out of people. I always thought we were still in the game at 1-0, then we concede a soft penalty and the second goal hindered us, but even at 2-0 down we had two or three clear chances and I’m a bit disappointed we didn’t get anything out of the game because I thought we deserved something."
The Head of Coaching also admitted it is difficult to find consistency at the moment with an unsettled side.
“It’s really important we get a run going because we are sort of winning a game, losing a game then drawing a game,” he said.
“There has been a variety of reasons why we haven’t been able to get any consistency. We don’t seem to have had a settled eleven for a long time now, but it’s just that kind of season.
“I know when we get our full strength team playing again and everyone is available we are a match for any team. Even on Saturday we were playing against a Preston side who are doing really well in the league and other players had to step up but we matched and competed with them. I thought on another day, with a little bit of luck and with more of an eye in front of goal, we could have beaten them. I’m more than happy that I know we will eventually start winning, I have no doubt about that,” he added.